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Con of the North

Minnesota's longest-running games convention!

Copyright: Copyright 2005-2013, Con of the North.

2015 Elections Are Over

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:00:00 CDT

Elections for the next year's convention have taken place. New Magnetrons elected for Publications and Registration. Congratulations to the 2014 Magnetrons!

Event Lists, Forms, and Errata Availabl

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:00:00 CST

Event lists, forms, the book, errata -- everything you need to register online or offline is now available on the Registration page. The deadline is January 5th, so don't delay!

Events Delayed

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:00 CST

Unfortunately, we've removed the event lists while we make some updates and fixes to the event data. The lists will be back soon!

Events Book Delayed

Sun, 20 Oct 2013 11:00:00 CDT

Due to the new location and some growing pains, this year's Events Book will be delayed. Once we know for sure when it will be going out we'll let you know!

Preregistration Delayed

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 02:00:00 CDT

In order to bring you a great new opportunity, we've had to delay opening preregistration until the 15th. Sorry for the inconvenience!

It's time to pack!

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:00:00 CDT

We're moving across town to the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth! Pardon us as we get everything loaded onto the CotN van and drive on over to the new digs! It might take a bit to get everything updated and ready for the new site. We'd also like to thank the Holiday Inn St. Paul East for being a great venue for the last 9 years and helping us have a lot of fun in their hotel!

2014 Elections Are Over

Tue, 16 Mar 2013 21:00:00 CDT

Out with the old, in with the new! The elections were held and everyone retained their equivalent positions, though some position names and responsibilities have changed. Congratulations to the 2014 Magnetrons!

2013 Events Posted

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 02:00:00 CST

Events for Con of the North 2013 have been posted on the Registration page.

Welcome to CotN 2013!

Mon, 07 May 2012 02:00:00 CDT

It's the start of another year! The timeline is now up and registration will be available soon.

Thanks for a great con!

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 01:00:00 CST

We'd just like to thank everyone who was part of the 20th Con of the North for coming out and having a great time! Here's to 20 more years!

Party at the Party Room!

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 23:45:00 CDT

Tomorrow's party is a combined Judge Packet Stuffing Party and Jean's 40th Birthday Party! It will be at the party room at Jean and Roger's apartment building. We've added some direction info and a link to Google Maps on the directions page. After we're done folding and stickering Judge Packets, please stay and play games and help celebrate Jean's 40th Birthday! The birthday party is a Pot Luck; they will have soda, pizza, cake, plates, and flatware. Stove, microwave, and charcoal grill will be available if you need them.

Join us at CONvergence!

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:45:00 CDT

If you're heading to CONvergence this weekend, don't forget to drop by room 109 and visit us! Games, snacks, and con info will be waiting for you at the CotN Party Room!

Campout Info Posted

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:45:00 CDT

Full information on this year's campout has been posted on the Campout page. The dates are July 15-17, and the LARPs are entitled 'Stargate: The Heart of the Matter' and 'Action Acres Retirement Park'. Come on out, enjoy the outdoors, and help playtest these two great events!

Registration is Open

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:00:00 CDT

Preregistration is now enabled! Head on over to the Registration page start your journey to the 20th Con of the North!

Tuesday's Meeting Moved to Albert's

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:30:00 CDT

This Tuesday's Magnetron Meeting has been moved to Albert Choy's house. See you there!

Change of Plans

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 23:30:00 CST

Due to a number of scheduling conflicts, the Elections will be held an hour before the Con of the North 2011 Review. Afterwards, stay and join us for fun and games!

All Convention Events Posted

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 22:30:00 CST

We've added the missing All Convention Events to the events lists. Whether you want to show off your great painting skills or you just need something to fill some time, check them out! (You can view these events at

Errata Posted

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 18:00:00 CST

We've posted a set of Errata for this year's events; the corresponding event listings have been updated with the changes. (You can view the errata at

CotN Gets Social

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 18:00:00 CST

Looking for more ways to connect with other CotN attendees and the CotN volunteers? Join our Facebook group ( or follow us on Twitter @conofthenorth.

Looking for Forms?

Sat, 14 Aug 2010 10:00:00 CDT

You've come to the right place: we've got forms for registering for the convention, running events, reserving Vendor Spaces, and advertising in our Events Book. Get 'em while they're hot!

CONvergence Party this weekend!

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:00:00 CDT

If you're at CONvergence this weekend, make sure you stop by Cabana Room 109 and play some games with the CotN Crew!

Special Election

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:00:00 CDT

There will be a special election at the July 13 Magnetron Meeting for the Membership position. Thanks to Daren for his hard work and we wish him good luck in his future endeavors!

Welcome to CotN 2011!

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 23:00:00 CDT

It's time to start the journey to the 19th Con of the North! The Timeline is up for anyone interested in volunteering.

That's It For CotN 2010!

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 23:00:00 CST

Sad but true, Con of the North 2010 is over. We hope you had a great time! Also, we'd like to thank everyone who attended for helping us set a new non-giant-Magic-tournament attendance record of 508!

No Online Data Entry Party

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 23:00:00 CST

Due to the small number of added events, we've canceled the Onsite Data Entry Party. Enjoy the weekend!

Preregistration Closes

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 23:00:00 CST

The extended registration period has come to an end. Our apologies for the confusion, and thanks to everyone who preregistered. We hope to see you all at CotN 2010 in a few weeks!

Books On Their way; Online Event Lists Available

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 22:15:00 CST

The books should be making their way to your mailbox soon! If you'd like an early start, this year's event lists are now available on the Registration page, and online Event Registration is also available.

Judge Packet Issue

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 23:15:00 CDT

Due to a mixup, this year's Judge Packets were missing the instructions and timeline sheet. Those pages are available from the downloadable Judge Packet PDF. If you'd like a set mailed to you, email and we'll be happy to send you a replacement. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We Need Your Events

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 23:10:00 CDT

Event Submission for Con of the North 2010 is now open! Head on over to the Judging page to register for the con and submit your events online, or download the forms to print and mail back to us. The deadline is September 5th!

Campout This Weekend

Sun, 05 Jul 2009 23:15:00 CDT

Come on out to Crow-Hassan State Park this weekend (July 10th-12th), enjoy some outdoor activities, and enjoy the LARPs at the Summer Campout! For more information and LARP descriptions, visit the Campout page.

Closing Time @ CONvergence

Sun, 05 Jul 2009 23:14:00 CDT

CONvergence is over and it appears a fun time was had by all! We hope you enjoyed the CotN 2010 Party Room!

Preregistration is Open!

Thu, 02 Apr 2009 23:55:00 CDT

Preregistration for CotN 2010 is now open! Head on over to the Registration page to register online or download the Early Preregistration form. Judge registration and event proposal forms will be available shortly.

Website Transition Time

Sat, 28 Mar 2009 23:00:00 CDT

We hope you had a great CotN 2009! The website may be a bit messed up for the next couple of days as we transition to a new convention year.

Event Listings and Registration Available

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 13:00:00 CDT

Our 2009 events and event registration forms are now available on the Registration page!

Event Submission Opens!

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:45:00 CDT

Judge Registration and Event Submission is now available online and by mail! Head on over to the Judging page to get started.

Early Preregistration Opens!

Thu, 03 Jul 2008 20:15:00 CDT

Early Preregistration is now available by mail and online! Head on over to the Registration page to preregister.

Volunteer Party Date Change

Sun, 08 Jun 2008 23:30:00 CDT

The Volunteer Party has been changed to the 21st in favor of the Bob "Roadkill" Aiken Memorial BBQ. For more information, visit

Elections this Weekend, Review Next Weekend

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 22:00:00 CST

We hope you had fun at CotN 2008! As always, the end of one convention heralds the beginning of the new. The Elections for next year will be held this Saturday, March 1. A week later, we'll have the last CotN 2008-related meeting: the Convention Review. Everyone is welcome to attend either meeting!

Pioneer Press Article

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 09:00:00 CST

The Pioneer Press has an article ( about Con of the North in the Local section. The online version includes a video of folks talking about gaming. Check it out when you have some downtime!

Errata Updated; On-site Events Added

Thu, 24 Jan 2008 18:00:00 CST

We've added a couple more changes and all of the events that were added to the database after the book to the 2008 Errata page. ( Ranging from TFOS to Talisman, these events add to the great gaming lineup at CotN 2008. Check them out!

Onsite Event Entry Party

Fri, 18 Jan 2008 00:15:00 CST

This will be happening this year and will be at The Beechers'. There may very well be gaming afterwards!